the ecoustics podcast

the ecoustics podcast

Passionate about music, movies, HiFi audio, headphones and home theater, eCoustics has been covering the A/V industry since 1999. Join our diverse cast of journalists, audiophiles, industry experts and special guests for always spirited, sometimes controversial discussions about the latest news, happenings and trends in the audio, video and music industries. Whether you're listening through stereo loudspeakers with a vintage tube amp, rocking a multi-channel home theater, on-the-go with wireless speakers or headphones, streaming music or spinning vinyl, the experienced team at ecoustics breaks down what you need to know to really enjoy music and movies at home and on the road.


December 5, 2023 45 mins
With consumers moving away from expensive multi-component systems and looking for more economical and space-spacing alternatives, the question has to be asked -- who is actually offering solutions that are affordable?

Bob Hazelwood, Director of Engineering and Product Development, Andover Audio, joins us on the eCoustics podcast to discuss their rather extensive lineup of award-winning wireless speakers, turntables, streamers, and l...
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A new generation of music listeners are stepping outside their traditional comfort zones and looking for better ways to enjoy their music collections. But will they find that at a traditional Hi-Fi show?

EIC Ian White and Producer Mitch Anderson break down CAF 2023 and why horrible music, unaffordable systems, and an aging customer base do not portend a strong future for high-end audio manufacturers if they don't make some massive c...
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Looking for a 4K UST projector or a portable lifestyle projector for your home? At the 2023 Laser TV Showdown, six unbiased expert judges took a look at the top UST projectors and the top portable 4K projectors (aka lifestyle projectors) and picked the winners in each category. Join us for a discussion with the organizers of the event as they reveal which UST projectors and which portable projectors got the highest ratings from the...
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2023 was a year of discovery for all of us. New music. Some strange audio discoveries that have panned out beyond our wildest dreams. It was also a year where some of us stretched their budget and looked beyond what we thought we needed after exposure to some of the best Hi-Fi and home theater systems currently available. Does anyone really need 24 subwoofers in their home theater? Maybe you do. On this roundtable discussion of the...
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October 20, 2023 51 mins
Have you ever wondered why music changes the way your brain deals with pain, love, or anxiety? Is it possible to use music to diagnose the early onset of Dementia or Alzheimer's disease?

Leading Israeli Scientist, Dr. Neta Maimon, joins this episode's host, editor-in-chief Ian White, on the eCoustics podcast from Netanya, Israel, to discuss how the brain responds to music in times of crisis, passion, or illness and how scientists ar...
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In this episode, eCoustics Senior Headphone Editor, W. Jennings speaks with Tal Kocen (Vice President, Consumer Product) and Dave Friesema (Technical Director/General Manager) of Westone Audio about the company’s wide range of custom and universal fit IEM products.

Westone has been making earphones and audio accessories for musicians and audiophiles since 1959. Their products are available at and

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eCoustics Senior Headphone Editor W. Jennings recently sat down with Vincent Liu, Ultimate Ears Pro’s Head of Product & Operations for a conversation about the new Premier 21-driver IEM. This discussion touches on the impacts of the pandemic on Ultimate Ears Pro and how that provided opportunities to rethink some design elements of existing models as well as complete the development and testing of the new Premier.

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Legendary guitarist, Al Anderson, toured with Bob Marley & The Wailers from 1974 until just before Marley’s death in 1981. Anderson's stunning lead guitar work on iconic classics like "No Woman, No Cry," "Three O’clock Road Block," and "Could You Be Loved" earned him a place in music history.

Al continues touring to this day as the sole member of the 1970s lineup with his Grammy nominated band, "The Original Wailers", which carr...
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September 1, 2023 49 mins
Lenny CoCo spends his days and nights traversing North America, spreading the gospel for MoFi Distribution, as their National Specialty Audio Sales Manager. After more than 32 years in the business, he has seen it all and can help music listeners assemble the audio system of their dreams, regardless of price. His passion for music and hi-fi began when was only 10 years old, and his core belief remains the same. Creating an emotiona...
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In our third installment with Gryphon Audio Designs, we speak with Gryphon’s Sales Director, Rune Skov, at T.H.E. Show 2023. He’s responsible for the company’s worldwide sales strategy, tasked with the daunting goal of turning Gryphon into the most sought-after brand in hi-fi.

Gryphon Audio’s vision is clear: the company wants its brand to be as recognized as the “Lamborghini of High End Audio,” exclusive to the select few who valu...
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SVS has a gone from a factory-direct seller of affordable subwoofers, to a full fledged audio brand to be reckoned with. In keeping to their high value / affordable roots, SVS now sells a full lineup of loudspeakers, wireless speakers, and accessories in addition to subwoofers. The company has racked up so many awards, it's nearly impossible to go wrong buying anything from SVS.

Although consumers can still order direct from the SVS...
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In this episode eCoustics founder Brian Mitchell sits down with Jim Garrett, head of product strategy and planning at the Harman Luxury Audio Group, which is composed of five active brands — JBL, JBL Synthesis, Arcam, Mark Levinson, and Revel. The discussion centers around the luxury side of the JBL business, which includes the modernized re-launch of JBL’s classic products, including the L100.

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In this episode we return to the T.H.E. Show 2023, where we talk with Allen Sides of Ocean Way Audio and Alberto Guerra of AGD Productions. The unlikely duo have teamed up at T.H.E. Show in Costa Mesa, CA to demonstrate the synergy between AGD electronics and Ocean Way loudspeakers.

Allen Sides is a five-time Grammy winning engineer/producer who has worked on over a thousand albums. Under his companies, Ocean Way Recording and Ocean...
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Cambridge Audio has been a “music first” brand since its inception and one would like to think that every company that designs and manufactures audio components and loudspeakers shares that same ethos. With so much emphasis on the hardware, it is most certainly refreshing to see that the British manufacturer is taking a different approach to reach a new audience that is not obsessed with all of the technology that we focus on when ...
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In the second of 7 podcasts recorded at T.H.E. Show 2023, we expand our conversation into the distrubtion arm of Denmark’s ultra-luxe brand, Gryphon Audio Designs ApS. We speak with Anthony Chiarella, Director of Sales & Marketing for Gryphon Audio Designs N.A., which was established as a wholly owned subsidiary of the brand headquartered in Denmark, to extend Gryphon’s availability through its U.S. and Canadian retailer partne...
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You know you want to. Say it twice. Naim. Founded by Julian Vereker MBE (1945-2000) in 1973, Naim Audio have been one of the linchpins of the high-end audio movement for fifty years and their hard-earned success is not something that they are taking for granted. The British manufacturer has never played by the rules and that has contributed significantly to their positioning and design ethos.

It is not a brand that creates feelings...
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Driving change in any industry is difficult; it took Apple more than two decades to become the leading media and technology brand in the world and in the process completely changed how people consume music, movies, and television.

On a much smaller scale, Focal is changing how high-end consumers listen to music outdoors, while traveling, at their desks, and in the home. Their award-winning loudspeakers and headphones can be found in...
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In the first of 7 podcasts recorded at T.H.E. Show 2023, we begin our conversation with Danish high-end audio manufacturer, Gryphon Audio Designs. We speak with Joseph Cali, owner of the premiere Southern California dealer for this ultra high-end Danish brand. Topics include Joe’s rich history in high-end audio, with a special focus on Gryphon Audio electronics and loudspeakers, as well the love of music that led him to connect wit...
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In the year 2000, veteran radio DJ William Goldsmith took a leap of faith and launched Radio Paradise, a streaming internet radio station. Tired of having to conform with the strict regulations and formatting restrictions of commercial radio, William vowed to bring his vision for radio to the world. Over two decades later, Radio Paradise is thriving with four high quality radio streams being delivered to hundreds of thousands of li...
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Has the time come for Bluetooth to take a necessary step forward? Does it really make a difference which codec your headphones or source device support? The quiet release of Bluetooth version 5.2 three years ago set the stage for the future of the wireless protocol. New features have been added to Bluetooth’s core specification, including improvements to audio fidelity, which are set to begin making their way into the market this y...
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